Andretti Autosport owner, Michael Andretti, expressed his commitment to remain in Formula E, amidst speculation of an exit ahead of Gen3 alongside Gen2 partner BMW. He also said he is in talks with road car manufacturers to replace BMW.
The Andretti Autosport team will continue to run with BMW powertrains for the 2021-22 season, till Gen2 elapses and BMW exits Formula E. Team boss Roger Griffiths has ruled out an in-house engine as they did in 2015, meaning Andretti will be looking at a manufacturer.
“We’re working on it with a couple of manufacturers, and hopefully we can get something done,” Andretti said. “We’re looking more at an OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer]. There’s a lot more on the marketing side, which could help.”
Andretti ruled out establishing a relationship with an engineering firm such as the case with Dragon Penske Autosport (Bosch) and Mahindra Racing (ZF), preferring an OEM such as McLaren, although there is yet to be a major confirmation.
McLaren Racing CEO, Zak Brown, expressed his interest in McLaren potentially joining Formula E, though interest has been thought to have cooled down after their Extreme E entry for the 2022 season was confirmed.
“We’re kind of looking to see how [Formula E] continues to develop,” Brown said. “Is it operationally distracting? The FE teams are becoming quite big now, they are talking about putting in a cost cap, that’s not yet done.”
“We don’t yet know if it is going to be economically viable without a cost cap, I don’t think it is,” concluded Brown.